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In this book Dr. Soddy has fulfilled a great need in providing a resource for the study of childhood emotional disorders with the major focus on normal growth and development and deviations therefrom.
The first three chapters are devoted to a discussion of constitutional and environmental considerations; this serves as a basis for a review, in subsequent chapters, of the clinical implications of these factors. The author points to the lack of precise information offered by scientific genetics which can be applied to practical clinical work and cautions that this often stimulates the clinician to devaluate the importance of heredity. Although many aspects of the discussion of family patterns relate specifically to the British family, discussion of topics such as the effect of the employment of married women are pertinent in the study of children in our cultural setting. The final chapter of Part I is composed of a review
Spurlock J. Clinical Child Psychiatry. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(1):103-104. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710130105014